Inconsistent Huskies Fall to State College For the First Time, 38-36

| December 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The only consistent thing about the Mifflin County wrestling team this season is its maddening inconsistency.

In a flip of the script from Wednesday night’s match with Chambersburg when the Huskies roared back from a big deficit to claim victory, Mifflin County found itself up 36-20 against State College with three bouts left.

All the Huskies had to do was stay off their backs and victory was theirs. Instead, the Little Lions reeled off three straight wins – all by fall – stunning Mifflin County in a 38-36 Mid-Penn Commonwealth victory Thursday night. The win was the first of the season for State High and the first ever win over Mifflin County high school.

Husky coach Kirby Martin was at a loss for words about what had just happened.

“Tonight we didn’t show any heart. I don’t even know how to describe it. I thought maybe we turned the corner a little bit after last night (against Chambersburg), but tonight is very disappointing,” Martin said. “We have kids that do not have much experience. It’s all we’ve got, so we have to go with what we have and hope they are willing to continue to be intense in practice and maybe that will translate into more toughness on the mat.”

The match opened at 170 where Trent Hidlay put on another dominating performance. The Husky junior, now 10-0 on the season, scored four takedowns in the first, a reversal and two takedowns in the second before pinning Ryan Kunz in 2:52 of the second period

Mifflin County (3-3, 1-2) extended the lead to 12-0 when Scout Kyper, up 2-0, chose down to start the second and reversed Brett Fields to has back for the fall in 3:24. State College (1-2, 1-0) won three straight to take a 17-12 lead.

At 195, Cole Urbas ran his record to 7-0 with a second period fall over Austin Haubrick. Urbas owned a 10-0 lead at the time of the pin. Little Lion football standout Pete Haffner collected six takedowns on his way to a 19-4 technical fall over Hunter Wagner at 220. Drew Linnes received a forfeit at 285.

The Huskies regained the advantage with three consecutive wins of their own to grab a 27-17 advantage. Christian Fisher improved his record to 9-1 on the season with a dominant 15-0 first period, technical fall in 1:46 over Ben Krick at 106. Joey Taptich followed with an impressive 11-2 major decision over previously unbeaten Clayton Leidy at 113. Taptich had a takedown in the first, an escape and deuce in the second and three takedowns in the third for the win. At 120, Josh Snook picked up a forfeit win in his varsity debut.

At 126, Jacob Pammer made a takedown in the first and a reversal in the third hold up in his 4-0 win over Husky freshman Derek Burk. Mifflin County made it 36-20 with back-to-back wins by Noah Myers at 132 and Logan Wise at 138.

In the feature bout of the night, Myers, banged up and sick, bounced back from a tough loss the night before with an 8-1 victory over Adam Stover – a state qualifier last year. Myers scored a takedown in the first, an escape and takedown in the second and a takedown and stall point in the third.

“After last night’s match, that loss, I was sick on Wednesday and still battling this foot injury, which is quite annoying. I knew I had to push all that aside and compete and give it everything I have,” Myers said. “I’m not 100 percent; I don’t feel 100 percent, so every match I go out and just grind my way through it. It paid off tonight. It was a good win. It’s disappointing the team didn’t win, but we’ll bounce back, train hard, and be ready for Power Ade.”

Martin liked what he saw from Myers, despite battling the injury bug.

“He looked good. Noah hasn’t been on the mat much with his ankle injury, but to score takedowns on a quality kid like Stover is definitely a confidence builder,” Martin said.

At 138, Logan Wise built a 16-3 lead on Seth McMahon before getting the fall at the buzzer.

It was here, up 36-20, that the bottom fell out for Mifflin County. At 145, Zach Price built a 9-0 lead before clamping Brian Smink in the second; Isaiah Lose countered a Kaden Knouse headlock and turned the Husky senior to his back for the second period fall in 2:58. At 160, Ian Barr sealed the deal for State College with a first period pin over Drayson Sullivan in 1:52 – giving the Little Lions the stunning victory.

Mifflin County dominated the takedown battle 22-12. The Huskies travel to Canon-McMillan high school for the Power Ade tournament December 29-30.

State College (STCO) 38.00 Mifflin County Hs (MCH) 36.00
170: Trent Hidlay (MCH) over Ryan Kunz (STCO) (Fall 2:52) 182: Scout Kyper (MCH) over Brett Fields (STCO) (Fall 3:24) 195: Cole Urbas (STCO) over Austin Haubrick (MCH) (Fall 2:53) 220: Pete Haffner (STCO) over Hunter Wagner (MCH) (TF 15-0 4:25) 285: Drew Linnes (STCO) over (MCH) (For.) 106: Christian Fisher (MCH) over Ben Krick (STCO) (TF 15-0 1:46) 113: Joey Taptich (MCH) over Clayton Leidy (STCO) (MD 11-2) 120: Josh Snook (MCH) over (STCO) (For.) 126: Jacob Pammer (STCO) over Derek Burk (MCH) (Dec 4-0) 132: Noah Myers (MCH) over Adam Stover (STCO) (Dec 8-1) 138: Logan Wise (MCH) over Seth Mcmahon (STCO) (Fall 6:00) 145: Zach Price (STCO) over Brian Smink (MCH) (Fall 2:51) 152: Isaiah Lose (STCO) over Kaden Knouse (MCH) (Fall 2:58) 160: Ian Barr (STCO) over Drayson Sullivan (MCH) (Fall 1:16)

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